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This little piggy gets a principal's kiss

5/3/2013

By DIANE GASPER-0'BRIEN

By DIANE GASPER-0'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.news

Fifth-graders at Roosevelt Elementary School were excited to take a bus trip across town Wednesday to Hays Middle School for the school's annual middle school visit.

If they were a little overwhelmed with their introduction to sixth grade, what they had waiting for them upon their return to their fifth-grade surroundings probably eased any tension they might have had.

As part of a promise if the students met their goal for a school fundraiser, Principal Lee Keffer was true to his word and kissed a pig.

For real.

The month-old weanling pig -- which someone in the hallway named Roadrunner after the school mascot -- almost fell asleep as he waited for the bus load of fifth-graders that was a little late returning the students to Roosevelt.

Roadrunner, snuggled safely in the arms of Clay Hamil, swine unit manager at the Fort Hays State University farm, watched the fifth-graders as they came into the building full of excitement.

And he didn't even squeal when Keffer took him from Hamil and went down the hallway toward a gym of anxious students.

After a couple of jokes about bacon, which didn't bother Roadrunner a bit, Keffer hammed it up himself before leaning down to kiss Roadrunner on top of his head.

"You kids have all been waiting for this, right?" Keffer asked, which was answered by a loud resounding "Yes!"

Keffer spread chapstick across his lips before telling the students, "I said that if you sold the dough, I kiss the pig."

"Mmmmmmm -- wha," Keffer sounded out as he pantomimed a pleasant experience.

The whole ordeal took only a few minutes, but it was something the students had been looking forward to.

"They were so excited," said Missy Droegemeier, vice president of the Roosevelt Home-and-School Association.

The association set a goal to sell 1,500 tubs of cookie dough this spring to raise money for new Smart Boards, or interactive whiteboards. And Keffer agreed to kiss a pig if they met the goal.

"We have Smart Boards in every classroom, and some of them are outdated," Droegemeier said. "So we thought we would start building up a fund, and we made enough to buy three right now."

The final total sold was 1,520 tubs, much to the students' delight.

"That's the risk you run," Keffer said. "The kids met their obligation, so I had to meet mine."